Website How-To’s for Administrators, Editors

This is the how-to page for making changes to the club’s Website content.  The following info is for those club members who have upgraded “permissions” so they can access the back end of the site to add, edit and delete content.

This Website uses a “theme” based on WordPress.  The name of the theme is “Mantra,” but that’s not important for our purposes.  You’ve probably heard of a “WordPress blog” but in fact WordPress is more than just a blog.  It’s actually a very good content management system.  That is, you can create, add, edit and delete Website content yourself and you won’t have to pay a Webmaster to do it for you.  WordPress makes everybody a Webmaster.  And the price is right:  almost everything you’d want to do with WordPress is free.

Roles and Capabilities.
WordPress assigns “Roles and Capabilities” to users so that a given user can have access to what he or she needs to do and no more.  This site has the following Roles and Capabilities.  Note: click on the links only if you want more detailed info straight from the WordPress Website.  For now, all you need to know is that the higher the Role the more privileges, or Capabilities, you have.

  • Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.  (This would be KK4SEO Larry and certain club officers.)
  • Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.  (This would be a select group of intrepid volunteers.)
  • Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
  • Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.  (An Editor or Admin has to approve the post and publish it.)
  • Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile and, on this site, participate in the forums. (The Subscriber level is the PARS club general membership.)

Here’s more than you ever wanted to know about Roles and Capabilities.
Can’t get enough WordPress?  Here’s the full enchilada for WordPress how-to’s. For our purposes, only the Start and Create sections are relevant.

Pages and Posts.
One thing you’ll need to know about WordPress jargon is the difference between “pages” and “posts.”  In a casual reading of WordPress how-to’s you might understandably think the words are interchangeable– but they’re not.  Pages are for permanent content.  For example, each of the overhead menu tabs links to a permanent page.  Posts on this site are informational content and are listed in reverse chronological order.  For example, the PARSgrams are posts.  Users with Roles above the basic Subscriber level will see Pages and Posts in the left hand standard WordPress menu when logged in.
For more than you ever wanted to know about Pages and Posts, click here.

Table of Contents for Various How-to’s

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